iPhoto 11 performance tuning tips, revised

My iPhoto library with 6000+ family photos was running slow on my macbook. So I looked for performance tuning tips on the net.

Here are the adjusted tip, which works for me.


This Apple support  thread mentioned 3 tips:

  1. Upgrade RAM
  2. Turn off visual bling in overview pages
  3. Vacuum iPhoto database file 

Could not do anything with tip 1 today (and I presume I cannot update the RAM on this 2012 macbook air)

Tip2 works: Go into settings > “appearance” and turn off “Outline” and “Drop shadow” in the overviews.

Tip3 needs adjustment. Originally *.db files were only in top folder ‘ ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library/’


Adjusted command to vacuum iPhoto database files:


cd ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library/ &&  for dbase in `find . -name '*.db'`; do sqlite3 $dbase "vacuum;"; done

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